Obama to Name ‘Gumshoe’ to Keep Stimulus Honest

By Dschabner

Feb 22, 2009 5:45pm

An Obama administration official tells ABC News that during his remarks at the governors event Monday morning, President Obama will announce that he’s appointing respected Interior Department Inspector General Earl Devaney to serve as Chair of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board. Devaney has built a solid reputation for ferretting out corruption in the beleaguered Interior Department, which was part of the Abramoff scandal..

The president has also asked Vice President Biden to oversee the implementation of the stimulus pan, meeting regularly with members of the Cabinet, as well as with governors and mayors to make sure their efforts are quick and effective. He will make regular reports to the president that will be posted on recovery.gov.

Devaney was nominated in 1999 to serve as the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior. Last September, the New York Times described Devaney as "the busiest gumshoe inside the federal bureaucracy In three extraordinary reports delivered to Congress this week, Devaney found that officials at the Minerals Management Service — the division responsible for granting offshore oil leases and collecting royalties — accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drugs and sex with oil company employees as part of what he described as a broader ‘culture of substance abuse and promiscuity.’”

Devaney’s career in law enforcement began in 1968 as a police officer in his native Massachusetts. He later served as a Special Agent with the Secret Service. When he retired from the Secret Service in 1991, he was special agent-in-charge of the Fraud Division and had become an internationally recognized white collar crime expert.

- jpt

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